Quality of Life Comparison

COMPARED TO

If you lived in France instead of South Africa, you would:

Health

be 97.3% less likely to be living with HIV/AIDS


In South Africa, 18.8% of people are living with AIDS/HIV. In France, that number is 0.5% of people.

live 18.1 years longer


In South Africa, the average life expectancy is 64 years (62 years for men, 65 years for women). In France, that number is 82 years (79 years for men, 85 years for women).

be 23.7% less likely to be obese


In South Africa, 28.3% of adults are obese. In France, that number is 21.6% of people.

Economy

make 3.2 times more money


South Africa has a GDP per capita of $13,500, while in France, the GDP per capita is $43,800.

be 65.6% less likely to be unemployed


In South Africa, 27.6% of adults are unemployed. In France, that number is 9.5%.

be 14.5% less likely to be live below the poverty line


In South Africa, 16.6% live below the poverty line. In France, however, that number is 14.2%.

spend 11.6% more on taxes


South Africa has a top tax rate of 45.0%. In France, the top tax rate is 50.2%.

Life

be 94.2% less likely to die during childbirth


In South Africa, approximately 138.0 women per 100,000 births die during labor. In France, 8.0 women do.

be 89.7% less likely to die during infancy


In South Africa, approximately 31.0 children die before they reach the age of one. In France, on the other hand, 3.2 children do.

have 39.6% less children


In South Africa, there are approximately 20.2 babies per 1,000 people. In France, there are 12.2 babies per 1,000 people.

Basic Needs

be 17.6% more likely to have access to electricity


In South Africa, 85% of the population has electricity access. In France, 100% of the population do.

be 58.5% more likely to have internet access


In South Africa, approximately 54.0% of the population has internet access. In France, about 85.6% do.

Expenditures

spend 30.7% more on healthcare


South Africa spends 8.8% of its total GDP on healthcare. In France, that number is 11.5% of GDP.

Geography

see 22.5% more coastline


South Africa has a total of 2,798 km of coastline. In France, that number is 3,427 km.

France: At a glance

France is a sovereign country in Europe, with a total land area of approximately 549,970 sq km. France today is one of the most modern countries in the world and is a leader among European nations. It plays an influential global role as a permanent member of the United Nations Security Council, NATO, the G-8, the G-20, the EU and other multilateral organizations. France rejoined NATO's integrated military command structure in 2009, reversing DE GAULLE's 1966 decision to take French forces out of NATO. Since 1958, it has constructed a hybrid presidential-parliamentary governing system resistant to the instabilities experienced in earlier, more purely parliamentary administrations. In recent decades, its reconciliation and cooperation with Germany have proved central to the economic integration of Europe, including the introduction of a common currency, the euro, in January 1999. In the early 21st century, five French overseas entities - French Guiana, Guadeloupe, Martinique, Mayotte, and Reunion - became French regions and were made part of France proper.

How big is France compared to South Africa? See an in-depth size comparison.


The statistics on this page were calculated using the following data sources: The World Factbook, Direction Générale des Finances Publiques, South African Revenue Service.

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